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Tinos, Tarampados, Festival of Saint Charalambos

EVENT INFO

Start Date: 10 February 2024
End Date: 10 February 2024
Tarampados

EVENT INFO

Start Date: 10 February 2024
End Date: 10 February 2024

Tarambados is a picturesque village with traditional houses and architecture built in a valley near Kambos. One enters the village through a medieval arch. The main feature of Tarambados are the amazing dovecotes. Genuine works of art, about 20 of them are well-preserved. Reaching the dovecotes by foot is an enjoyable experience. The well-maintained stone paths lead to a unique green landscape with running waters, springs, trees, reeds and gardens.

The church of Agios (Saint) Charalambos holds a celebration in honour of the Saint on February the 10th. On the island of Tinos it is a tradition to whitewash inside and out every church whenever it celebrates the memory of the saint to whom it is dedicated, while women of the village clean up the area around the church, polish the candle-stands, and decorate the sanctuary with flowers. After Mass, treats are served in the courtyard. The festival sometimes culminates in the main square with balo and syrto dances to the sounds of musicians playing instruments based on the violin.

People celebrating their name-day open their homes to the public, having decorated their tables with beautiful dinner sets and white tablecloths. A bounty of local dishes is served with abundant quantities of wine until late in the evening with offerings of psarakia, meringues, pasteli, and xerotigana along with homemade raki.

Tinos traditional dishes are artichokes cooked in a variety of ways, sun-dried tomatoes with batter, froutalia, savore with molasses, fried fish with petimezi sauce, pork sausages, the saltsisi, and the louza of Tinos. Cheeses include the famed graviera and the kopanisti. As for sweets, famous are the amygdalota, xerotigana, karidota, pasteli, loukoumi, and various kinds of halva as well as the renowned thyme honey of Tinos.

Photo: tinostodaygr

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